Oil industry (80%)
Chemical - electronics, TV screen, glass, ceramics and medical
applications (barium meals) (10%)
Fillers - car, rubber and paint industry, radiation shielding (9%)
Growing demand for oil drilling and filler applications but world
recession has hit automotive industry.
Chemical demand has fallen due to a dramatic switch to LCD/plasma
TV and computer screens which use less barytes, but applications in the dielectrics, electro-ceramic and construction industry have risen.
|70% European domestic production for added-value sectors –
overall the chemical and filler industries account for half of the
In the USA over 95% output is for the oil industry.
China is 45% of world production; with India, USA, Morocco and
Mexico a further 42%.